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What is a connective?

 

Definition
 

Here are two senses of connective:

 
  1. A connective, in its most common usage, is an expression having a function similar to that of a conjunction.
  2. A connective, broadly defined, is any linguistic unit that links two other constituents together.

    Examples:

    Conjunctions

    Copulas

    Conjunctive adverbs

Examples (English)
 
  • and
  • or
  • but
  • whereas
  • in case
  • thus
  • the result is
  • so much that
 
Source:

Rudolph 1988 110–111

Sources
 

Crystal 1985 66

 

Rudolph 1988 97–98, 110–111


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